External Hard Drive not showing up?

Toshiba / Satellite a205
October 1, 2011 at 08:18:37
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.862 GHz / 3061 MB
Hi I was using an external HD the other day and it was fine. Tried to hook it up today and it's not showing up in my computer? I tried to use a flash drive and it worked fine?
Thanks for your help....
Bob

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#1
October 1, 2011 at 09:08:48
Hi
Please goto Hard Disk Management option by going to Manage options ( right click My Computer ) . Plugin the usb Hard drive . See if you can see the Hard drive there. If yes , please assign it a drive letter .

If it is not in Hard disk Management page , then I am sorry . It is gone. All you can do is open the casing , see which type of hdd is in there an ide or sata interface. Buy a relevant converter from mkt and try if it gets detected.

Mostly the intercace sections goes wrong. Also see that there is no physicall Tuk-Tuk noise there in usb hdd. If there is the media has crashed. Only option of data could be a professional data recovery services

Vishal
http://www.floppytousb.net


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#2
October 1, 2011 at 10:45:04
The external hard drive MUST be plugged into a USB port that can support it's requirements. The USB port MUST be able to supply 500ma of current, and on top of that, external hard drives (and external optical drives) do not work in all possible USB ports.
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If the external drive IS plugged into a USB port that can support it's requirements....

- assuming you have NOT dropped the external drive or have damaged it otherwise, there is probably NOTHING wrong with the external enclosure's circuits or the hard drive inside the external enclosure. In that case, the hard drive inside the external enclosure will show up in Disk Management in Windows, even if data on the drive is damaged such that no drive letter(s) for the external drive show(s) up in Computer or Windows Explorer.
If the data on the hard drive IS damaged, it MAY say RAW (= unallocated) rather than Healthy in the information in the box (one partition) or boxes (more than one partition) for the drive on the right.

- the most common reason people can no longer access data that they know is still on the external drive, which may result in the partition(s) on the drive NOT showing up in Computer or Windows Explorer, is the drive was unplugged while Windows was running WITHOUT the user using Safely Remove Hardware to STOP accessing the partition(s) on the drive BEFORE unplugging it, and data on the drive was damaged because of that. Usually if you use certain data recovery programs that can repair the data damage, you will be able to access your data, or most of it, that you could access previously.
If (the) partition(s) on the drive was (were) not showing up in Computer or Windows Explorer, it's the partition table data that was damaged and needs to be repaired.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
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